2019-05-22: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-05-22). Saudi Arabia to Execute 3 Dissident Scholars after Ramadan. telesurenglish.net The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing to execute three dissident scholars on charges of 'terrorism', the Middle East Eye reported this week. | RELATED: | Italy Unions Refuse to Load Saudi Ship to Protest Yemen War | The MEE report cited two government sources and one male relative of the accused. They identified the three individuals as Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari. | According to the report, the three scholars will be executed by the Saudi authoriti…

unitedEditor (2019-05-22). Gulf Cooperation Council Summit: What Does It Have in Store for Iran? uwidata.com Saudi Foreign Ministry demands that the world community take tough stance on Iran and prevent it from 'spreading chaos'. Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister said Iran could eliminate the risks of a war in the region by observing international law, stopping interference in the internal affairs of regional countries, dropping support of terrorist groupings, …

Staff (2019-05-21). Bomb-Laden Drone From Yemeni Rebels Targets Saudi Airport. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attack a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. | The attack on the Saudi city of Najran came after Iran announced it has quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity, though still at a level far lower than needed for atomic weapons, a year after the U.S.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Headlines for May 21, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Responds to Trump Threat While U.N. Urges All Parties to De-escalate Rhetoric, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Airport, U.N. Warns Yemen Food Aid May Be Suspended Due to Instability, Guatemalan Teen Becomes 5th Migrant Child to Die in U.S. Custody Since December, Trump Orders McGahn to Defy Congressional Subpoena, D.C. Judge Orders Accounting Firm to Hand Over Trump Financial Docs, NY Prosecutors Examining Financial Records from Trump's Inauguration, New Zealand Police Charge Christchurch Massacre Suspect with Terrorism, Defeated Prabowo Challenges Re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, New Bo…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-21). 'We Will Not Be Complicit': Protesting Assault on Yemen, Italian Dock Workers Refuse to Load Saudi Weapons Vessel. commondreams.org "No EU state should be making the deadly decision to authorize the transfer or transit of arms to a conflict where there is a clear risk they will be used in war crimes." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Italy Unions Refuse to Load Saudi Ship to Protest Yemen War. telesurenglish.net Italian unions refused Monday to load electricity generators onto a Saudi Arabian ship with weapons on board in a protest against the war in Yemen. | RELATED: | France Threatens Journalists With Prison for Exposing Its Role in Saudi War on Yemen | The Bahri-Yanbu vessel loaded arms in the Belgian city of Antwerp earlier this month, but was prevented from picking up another consignment of weapons in the French port of Le Havre following protests by humanita…

Steve Sweeney (2019-05-21). Working-class internationalism: Italian dock workers block Saudi weapons ship. peoplesworld.org Italian dock workers halted a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia from being loaded in Genoa Monday as they demanded Matteo Salvini (Deputy Prime Minister of Italy) "open the ports to people and close them to arms." Trade unionists and activists hailed "working-class internationalism" as they stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu from …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Family of Jailed Saudi Feminist Loujain Al-Hathloul: She Was Waterboarded, Flogged & Electrocuted. democracynow.org It's been a year since women's right activist Loujain Al-Hathloul was detained and jailed in Saudi Arabia for leading a movement to lift the kingdom's ban on female drivers and overhaul its male "guardianship" system. Despite international outcry, she's been imprisoned ever since. During that time, her family says, she's been held in solitary confinement and faced abuse, including electric shocks, flogging and threats of sexual violence. The Saudi government has resisted calls from human rights groups and lawmakers from around the world to release Loujain and the other jailed activists. We speak with two of Louja…

Staff (2019-05-21). Saudi Feminist Loujain al-Hathloul Was Waterboarded, Flogged and Electrocuted. truthout.org It's been a year since women's right activist Loujain al-Hathloul was detained and jailed in Saudi Arabia for leading a movement to lift the kingdom's ban on female drivers and overhaul its male "guardianship" system. Despite international outcry, she's been imprisoned ever since. During that time, her family says, she's been held in solitary confinement and faced abuse, including electric shocks, flogging and threats of sexual violence. The Saudi government has resisted calls from human rights groups and lawmakers from around the world to release Loujain and the other jailed activists. We speak with two of Lo…

Middle East Eye (2019-05-20). France Threatens Journalists With Jail Time for Exposing Government Lies About Yemen. theantimedia.com (MEE) — France has threatened three French journalists with potential jail time for using secret documents to reveal the country's involvement in the Yemen civil war. In a series of reports published in April, investigative journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed the number of French arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The documents, authored by …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-20). Houthis, Yemeni Army Deny Saudi Allegations of Attempted Missile Attack Near Mecca. mintpressnews.com A Yemeni army spokesperson noted that the Houthis have never denied previous military maneuvers, saying "We do not hesitate to announce our military operations."

United Nations (2019-05-20). Monday's Daily Brief: WFP mulls 'last resort' Yemen aid suspension, top peacekeeping awardee announced, abuzz over Bee Day, Ebola threat 'very high'. un.org This Monday, headline stories include: WFP mulls "last resort" aid suspension in Yemen; highest UN peacekeeping award to be given on Friday; busy pollinators are focus of World Bee Day; Ebola threat still "very high".

United Nations (2019-05-20). Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face of repeated interference by some Houthi leaders. un.org The UN emergency food relief agency said on Monday that without full access and "freedom to decide" who receives lifesaving aid, in Houthi rebel-controlled areas of Yemen, it could be forced to implement a "phased suspension".

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A…

United Nations (2019-05-17). Friday's Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day. un.org On Friday, we cover: Fighting in Syria's Idlib province; UN condemnation of airstrikes in Yemen; UK's forced-return policy; LGBTI rights; the UN chief's climate action trip to Tuvalu; and Vesak Day.

Ryan Gallagher (2019-05-17). France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document. theintercept.com Journalists in France are facing potential jail sentences in an unprecedented case over their handling of secret documents detailing the country's involvement in the Yemen conflict. | Earlier this week, a reporter from Radio France and the co-founders of Paris-based investigative news organization Disclose were called in for questioning at the offices of the General Directorate for Internal Security, known as the DGSI. The agency is tasked with fighting terrorism, espionage, and other domestic threats, similar in function to the FBI in the United States. | The two news organizations published stories in April [md…

United Nations (2019-05-17). Deadly Yemen airstrikes that claim children's lives in capital Sana'a, strongly condemned by UN. un.org Thursday's airstrikes on Yemen's capital Sana'a that reportedly killed five children and injured dozens more, have been strongly condemned by UN agencies, which have warned of the "brutal toll" on civilians of more than four years of conflict.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). Headlines for May 16, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Governor Signs Nation's Most Restrictive Anti-Choice Law, Missouri Senate Votes to Ban Most Abortions After 8 Weeks, Trump Declares National Emergency, Blacklisting Chinese Telecom Huawei, Trump Delays Plans for Tariffs on Foreign Cars and Auto Parts, Trump to Announce "Merit-Based" Immigration Plan to Limit Asylum Cases, Family Reunifications, White House Refuses House Judiciary Committee Request for Documents, U.S. Won't Join "Christchurch Call" Against Online Extremism, Six Civilians Killed in Yemen as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Fall on Sana'a, Sudanese Troops Fire on Pro-Democracy Protesters as Militar…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-16). 77 Civilians Killed or Wounded in Sana'a as Saudi Airstrikes Target Yemeni Capital. mintpressnews.com The murderous attacks have enraged local residents, who took to the streets of Raqas to condemn the airstrikes and loss of civilian life, calling for counter-attacks on Coalition forces.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Headlines for May 15, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Legislature Passes Near-Complete Abortion Ban, U.S. Evacuates Non-Emergency State Dept. Personnel from Iraq, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities, Pompeo Meets With Lavrov & Putin Over Iran, Venezuela, 2020 Elections, CNN: Migrant Children Sleeping Outside on the Ground at Texas Border Patrol, Pennsylvania Sues Purdue Pharma Over Oxycontin, Reports: Donald Trump Jr. Agrees to Conditional Senate Hearing, San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology, Pilots' Union Confronted Boeing Over Faulty 737 Max Jets After First Fatal Crash, NYC Activists Stage Hunger Strike To Call for Halt to Will…

Esha Krishnaswamy (2019-05-15). Media Stenography Turns Beheaded Saudi Protesters Into 'Terrorism'. fair.org by Esha Krishnaswamy Time's headline ( 4/23/19) accepts the reality of the Saudi government charges against the people it executed—which weren't even the actual charges they were convicted under. | Saudi Arabia executed 37 men on April 23, as it announced in a press release in its official gazette. The first line of the release read, "Saudi Arabia said it executed 37 citizens last Tuesday after they were convicted of terrorism." | A cursory Google search would have shown th…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-05-02). Failing to Override Trump on Yemen, Congress Must Keep Pushing. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — May 2, 2019 — In response to the Senate failing to secure the two-thirds majority vote necessary to override President Trump's veto of S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released …

Jon Rainwater (2019-04-16). Trump's Veto Keeps U.S. Complicit in Yemen, For Now. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — April 16, 2019 — In response to President Trump vetoing S.J.Res. 7, legislation that directed him to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "Trump can't claim to be ending endless wars while opposing the will of a majority …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-04-04). Congress Sends Historic Yemen War Powers Resolution to the President. peaceaction.org (Photo: Felton Davis) Washington, D.C. — April 4, 2019 — In response to the House sending S.J.Res. 7—legislation directing the president to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen—to the president's desk, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This vote amounts to the …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-03-13). Senate Votes Again for Ending U.S. Role in Yemen War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 13, 2019 — In response to the Senate passing S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "This Senate vote moves us one step closer to …

2019-05-22: Social Media Postees

Saudi Arabia to Execute 3 Dissident Scholars after Ramadan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-22
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing to execute three dissident scholars on charges of 'terrorism', the Middle East Eye reported this week. | RELATED: | Italy Unions Refuse to Load Saudi Ship to Protest Yemen War | The MEE report cited two government sources and one male relative of the accused. They identified the three individuals as Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari. | According to the report, the three scholars will be executed by the Saudi authoriti…
telesurenglish.net/news/Saudi-Arabia-to-Execute-3-Dissident-Scholars-after-Ramadan-20190522-0001.html

Gulf Cooperation Council Summit: What Does It Have in Store for Iran?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-22
Saudi Foreign Ministry demands that the world community take tough stance on Iran and prevent it from 'spreading chaos'. Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister said Iran could eliminate the risks of a war in the region by observing international law, stopping interference in the internal affairs of regional countries, dropping support of terrorist groupings, …
uwidata.com/3493-gulf-cooperation-council-summit-what-does-it-have-in-store-for-iran/

Italy Unions Refuse to Load Saudi Ship to Protest Yemen War
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-21
Italian unions refused Monday to load electricity generators onto a Saudi Arabian ship with weapons on board in a protest against the war in Yemen. | RELATED: | France Threatens Journalists With Prison for Exposing Its Role in Saudi War on Yemen | The Bahri-Yanbu vessel loaded arms in the Belgian city of Antwerp earlier this month, but was prevented from picking up another consignment of weapons in the French port of Le Havre following protests by humanita…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italy-Unions-Refuse-to-Load-Saudi-Ship-to-Protest-Yemen-War-20190521-0017.html

'We Will Not Be Complicit': Protesting Assault on Yemen, Italian Dock Workers Refuse to Load Saudi Weapons Vessel
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-21
"No EU state should be making the deadly decision to authorize the transfer or transit of arms to a conflict where there is a clear risk they will be used in war crimes." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/21/we-will-not-be-complicit-protesting-assault-yemen-italian-dock-workers-refuse-load?cd-origin=rss

Bomb-Laden Drone From Yemeni Rebels Targets Saudi Airport
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-21
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attack a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. | The attack on the Saudi city of Najran came after Iran announced it has quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity, though still at a level far lower than needed for atomic weapons, a year after the U.S.
truthdig.com/articles/bomb-laden-drone-from-yemen-rebels-targets-saudi-airport/

Family of Jailed Saudi Feminist Loujain Al-Hathloul: She Was Waterboarded, Flogged & Electrocuted
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-21
It's been a year since women's right activist Loujain Al-Hathloul was detained and jailed in Saudi Arabia for leading a movement to lift the kingdom's ban on female drivers and overhaul its male "guardianship" system. Despite international outcry, she's been imprisoned ever since. During that time, her family says, she's been held in solitary confinement and faced abuse, including electric shocks, flogging and threats of sexual violence. The Saudi government has resisted calls from human rights groups and lawmakers from around the world to release Loujain and the other jailed activists. We speak with two of Louja…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/21/family_of…

Saudi Feminist Loujain al-Hathloul Was Waterboarded, Flogged and Electrocuted
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-21
It's been a year since women's right activist Loujain al-Hathloul was detained and jailed in Saudi Arabia for leading a movement to lift the kingdom's ban on female drivers and overhaul its male "guardianship" system. Despite international outcry, she's been imprisoned ever since. During that time, her family says, she's been held in solitary confinement and faced abuse, including electric shocks, flogging and threats of sexual violence. The Saudi government has resisted calls from human rights groups and lawmakers from around the world to release Loujain and the other jailed activists. We speak with two of Lo…
truthout.org/video/saudi-feminist-loujain-al-hathloul-was-waterboarded-flogged-and-electrocuted/

Working-class internationalism: Italian dock workers block Saudi weapons ship
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-21
Italian dock workers halted a deadly cargo of weapons bound for Saudi Arabia from being loaded in Genoa Monday as they demanded Matteo Salvini (Deputy Prime Minister of Italy) "open the ports to people and close them to arms." Trade unionists and activists hailed "working-class internationalism" as they stopped the Saudi ship Bahri Yanbu from …
peoplesworld.org/article/working-class-internationalism-italian-dock-workers-block-saudi-weapons-ship/

Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face of repeated interference by some Houthi leaders
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-20
The UN emergency food relief agency said on Monday that without full access and "freedom to decide" who receives lifesaving aid, in Houthi rebel-controlled areas of Yemen, it could be forced to implement a "phased suspension".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038841

Houthis, Yemeni Army Deny Saudi Allegations of Attempted Missile Attack Near Mecca
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-20
A Yemeni army spokesperson noted that the Houthis have never denied previous military maneuvers, saying "We do not hesitate to announce our military operations."
mintpressnews.com/houthi-yemen-army-deny-saudi-allegations-of-attempted-missile-attack-near-mecca/258639/

France Threatens Journalists With Jail Time for Exposing Government Lies About Yemen
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-20
(MEE) — France has threatened three French journalists with potential jail time for using secret documents to reveal the country's involvement in the Yemen civil war. In a series of reports published in April, investigative journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed the number of French arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The documents, authored by …

France Threatens Journalists With Jail Time for Exposing Government Lies About Yemen

Monday's Daily Brief: WFP mulls 'last resort' Yemen aid suspension, top peacekeeping awardee announced, abuzz over Bee Day, Ebola threat 'very high'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-20
This Monday, headline stories include: WFP mulls "last resort" aid suspension in Yemen; highest UN peacekeeping award to be given on Friday; busy pollinators are focus of World Bee Day; Ebola threat still "very high".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038851

Deadly Yemen airstrikes that claim children's lives in capital Sana'a, strongly condemned by UN
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
Thursday's airstrikes on Yemen's capital Sana'a that reportedly killed five children and injured dozens more, have been strongly condemned by UN agencies, which have warned of the "brutal toll" on civilians of more than four years of conflict.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038651

Friday's Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
On Friday, we cover: Fighting in Syria's Idlib province; UN condemnation of airstrikes in Yemen; UK's forced-return policy; LGBTI rights; the UN chief's climate action trip to Tuvalu; and Vesak Day.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038721

France Takes Unprecedented Action Against Reporters Who Published Secret Government Document
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
Journalists in France are facing potential jail sentences in an unprecedented case over their handling of secret documents detailing the country's involvement in the Yemen conflict. | Earlier this week, a reporter from Radio France and the co-founders of Paris-based investigative news organization Disclose were called in for questioning at the offices of the General Directorate for Internal Security, known as the DGSI. The agency is tasked with fighting terrorism, espionage, and other domestic threats, similar in function to the FBI in the United States. | The two news organizations published stories in April [md…
theintercept.com/2019/05/17/france-takes-unprecedented-action-against-reporters-who-published-secret-government-document/

77 Civilians Killed or Wounded in Sana'a as Saudi Airstrikes Target Yemeni Capital
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-16
The murderous attacks have enraged local residents, who took to the streets of Raqas to condemn the airstrikes and loss of civilian life, calling for counter-attacks on Coalition forces.
mintpressnews.com/77-civilians-killed-wounded-in-sanaa-as-saudi-airstrikes-target-yemen-capital/258573/

Media Stenography Turns Beheaded Saudi Protesters Into 'Terrorism'
Esha Krishnaswamy | fair.org | 2019-05-15
by Esha Krishnaswamy Time's headline ( 4/23/19) accepts the reality of the Saudi government charges against the people it executed–which weren't even the actual charges they were convicted under. | Saudi Arabia executed 37 men on April 23, as it announced in a press release in its official gazette. The first line of the release read, "Saudi Arabia said it executed 37 citizens last Tuesday after they were convicted of terrorism." | A cursory Google search would have shown th…
fair.org/home/media-stenography-turns-beheaded-saudi-protesters-into-terrorism/

Failing to Override Trump on Yemen, Congress Must Keep Pushing
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2019-05-02
Washington, D.C. — May 2, 2019 — In response to the Senate failing to secure the two-thirds majority vote necessary to override President Trump's veto of S.J.Res. 7, legislation directing the president to withdraw U.S. support for the war in Yemen, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released …
peaceaction.org/2019/05/02/failing-to-override-trump-on-yemen-congress-must-keep-pushing/